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Wordrobe

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Language games developed by the University of Gröningen (Netherlands) used to build a "large annotated corpus and improve natural language processing software."

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Grammar Gamble for language geeks, no doubt intended for native speakers, it can provide reading/parsing practice for advanced ESL learners - in Twins, for example, decide whether the highlighted word is a noun or a verb, and indicate your confidence in your decision using a slider.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 29, 2012 2:55 AM

Reading/grammar practice suitable for advanced learners, with social media/gaming integration.

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Learning a second language in the information age

Learning a second language in the information age | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
If you didn’t study any foreign languages in school, picking one up as an adult can be challenging, since the human brain is best-equipped to absorb a new language in the early childhood years.
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15 minute audio with

Elizabeth Bernhardt, Professor of German Studies and Director of the Stanford Language Center at Stanford University.

Marty Abbott, Executive Director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, a non-profit organization seeking to improve and expand the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction.

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poetryarchive.org

poetryarchive.org | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
City lilacs In crack-haunted alleys, overhangs, plots of sour earth that pass for gardens, in the space between wall and wheelie bin, where men with mobiles make urgent conversation, where bare-legged girls shiver in April winds, where a new mother stands on her doorstep and blinks at the brightness of morning, so suddenly born - in all these places the city lilacs are pushing their cones of blossom into the spring to be taken by the warm wind.
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Resources for listening to poetry

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 9, 9:51 AM

Listen to poety and read along.  Use it for shadow-reading, to practice intonation, or to pick up vocabulary of a literary nature

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Vocabulary learning: what the research says

Vocabulary learning: what the research says | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
I’ve just read Peter Yongqi Gu (2003)Vocabulary Learning in a Second Language: Person, Task, Context and Strategies Here are a few interesting points which emerge. All references can be found at th...
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How to learn more words so you can understand them, but also use them ...

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, February 23, 4:02 AM

Old-fashioned dictionary work, memorisation of translation pairs still have their place, research shows.  But other activities (and more research) are needed to go beyond word recognition to appropriate use.

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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.
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Ideas for structuring presentations

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 19, 4:07 AM

Nice outline of different ways of organising presentations based on a story or stories, with examples of TED talks which follow each plan.

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The History Of The English Language In One Chart

The History Of The English Language In One Chart | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Triangulations blogger Sabio Lantz recently put together this rather clever diagram showing how the English language has evolved over the past 3,000 years.
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EuroCALL symposium contribution: CALL course design for pre-service secondary teachers

Course design for pre-service secondary teachers: collaboration and reflection in a short, multilingual CALL course Course design for pre-service secondary teachers from Shona Whyte CALL courses fo...
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A l'intersection de la formation et la recherche en ALMT - cours TICE pour master interlangue

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How to Listen

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A comparison between the invention of radio and that of the Internet need not be a strained or superfical exercise. Parallels abound.
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, August 30, 2014 4:57 AM

Food for thought in an era of multi-tasking and intuitive tools ...

Quran Coaching's curator insight, September 2, 2014 1:34 AM

The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes.
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#quran #onlineQuran #islam #Tajweed

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TED talks: beyond coursebook accents

TED talks: beyond coursebook accents | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Do you ever use TED talks in your classes? This nonprofit organisation, with the tagline ‘Ideas worth spreading’, is a great place to find interesting authentic audio.
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, June 16, 2014 9:15 AM

Nice selection of different accents for awareness raising or teacher education

Nedi Silveira's curator insight, September 28, 2014 12:59 AM

Wonderful and inspiring talks.

Ramon Gomes's curator insight, November 22, 2014 7:29 PM

This is the best programme for talks ever!!!

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Websites for language exchange

List of free social websites for language learning and exchanging.

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A mixed bag of sites for individual, punctual exchanges or more formal institutional links, and some new to me.

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Free Courses From Top Universities: 27,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

Free Courses From Top Universities: 27,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
In recent months, we've enhanced what's now a list of 875  Free Online Courses from top universities. Here’s the lowdown: Our big list of free courses lets you download audio & video lectures from schools like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, Harvard and UC Berkeley.
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10 Awesome Tech Tricks From David Pogue - Edudemic

10 Awesome Tech Tricks From David Pogue - Edudemic | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Y’all know we love TED talks. Short, watchable snippets of useful information, thought provoking questions, personal stories, inspiration, and learning. While I always take something away from every TED talk that I watch, some stick with me more than others. That said, most don’t come with a specific list of takeaways meant to help you …
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, February 21, 2014 5:05 AM

Things you think you know but might not 

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English Resources: primaryresources.co.uk

English Resources: primaryresources.co.uk | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

"Primary Resources - free worksheets, lesson plans and teaching ideas for primary and elementary teachers."

 

Teaching materials intended for young native speakers, which can be used for reading and writing work with young EFL learners.  Includes text, PDF, powerpoint and interactive whiteboard (Notebook) files.

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Eisa Muhammad's curator insight, September 24, 2014 6:45 AM

Good links and greatly helpful

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Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses & More from Open Culture

Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses & More from Open Culture | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Santa left a new Kindle, iPad or other media player under your tree. He did his job. Now we'll do ours. We'll tell you how to fill those devices with free intelligent media -- great books, movies, courses, and all of the rest.
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NIce collection of links and tips.

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Dreamreader.net

Dreamreader.net | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Easy English, Interesting English, Fun English, Practical English, Academic English

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 19, 9:36 AM

Texts and comprehension questions.

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Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine

Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 435 billion archived web pages.
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Lots of resources here ...

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mrsamberreece's curator insight, February 25, 5:56 AM

Look here for hard to find econ books

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Free, High-Quality AudioBooks of Classic Literature on Spotify

Free, High-Quality AudioBooks of Classic Literature on Spotify | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Where music goes, technologically speaking, audio books soon follow. We've had audio books on vinyl LP, on cassette tape, on CD, and on MP3, just like we've had music.
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Listening resources for learning and teachers

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Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses via Open Culture

Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses via Open Culture | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Santa left a new Kindle, iPad, Kindle Fire or other media player under your tree. He did his job. Now we’ll do ours. We’ll tell you how to fill those devices with free intelligent media — great books, movies, courses, and all of the rest.
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LInks to portals for free e-books, audio recordings of classic literature, open courseware and so on.

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20 Great Essays and Short Stories by David Sedaris

20 Great Essays and Short Stories by David Sedaris | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

The The best articles, essays and short stories from the master of observational humour

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, September 21, 2014 1:32 AM

The Electric Typewriter has lots of free articles and essays

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English e-books: Graded readers

Adapted e-books, various authors, genres, levels

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, September 5, 2014 2:42 AM

Lots of titles available in a variety of formats.  Some language errors in the book descriptions but the actual texts I looked at seem OK.  Copyright?

Nedi Silveira's curator insight, September 28, 2014 12:56 AM

Great site for students

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How To Actually Delete your Digital Footprint - Edudemic

How To Actually Delete your Digital Footprint - Edudemic | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Helping students understand their digital footprint is an integral part of being a good digital citizen. Knowing that you leave behind a little trail of digital breadcrumbs as you conduct your digital life is useful  - and can even help you in some scenarios (like when you need to hunt down something you remember seeing …
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May be useful for students at some point

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Download 55 Free Online Literature Courses: From Dante and Milton to Kerouac and Tolkien

Download 55 Free Online Literature Courses: From Dante and Milton to Kerouac and Tolkien | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Here at Open Culture, we don't just feature education in your recommended daily servings of culturally wide-ranging video, audio, text, and image — we also feature it in a form that goes deep: whole courses you can download to your computer or mobile device of choice and experience at your own pace.
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Linguee: bilingual dictionary and search engine

Linguee: bilingual dictionary and search engine | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Linguee is a unique translation tool combining an editorial dictionary and a search engine with which you can search hundreds of millions of bilingual texts for words and expressions.

The Linguee search results are divided into two sections. On the left hand side you see results from our reliable editorial dictionary. This provides you with a quick overview of various translations of your search term. On the right hand side, you see example sentences from other sources to give you an idea of how your search term has been translated in context.

Compared to traditional online dictionaries, Linguee contains about 1,000 times more translated texts, which are displayed in full sentences. Linguee shows translations for expressions such as "strong evidence", "strong relationship" or "strong opinion", and even for rare expressions or specific technical terms.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 14, 2014 10:57 AM

Just using this to translate an abstract from English to French - a great addition to a regular bilingual dictionary and thesaurus, and available from English to a good number of Romance and Slavic languages.

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200 Free Documentaries Online

200 Free Documentaries Online | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
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Watch over 200 free documentaries online. The documentaries cover everything from music and cinema, to literature, religion, politics and physics. They're thought-provoking, eye-opening, and enlightening. For more great films, please visit our complete collection of Free Movies Online.

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All in English (OK, one's in French), selection heavily slanted to culture and the arts

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Play the Great Language Game: It’s Fun and Free

Play the Great Language Game: It’s Fun and Free | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Are you ready to play The Great Language Game? This online game 'challenges you to distinguish between some eighty or so languages [see a list here] based on their sound alone. In each game you're allowed three mistakes, which are kept for you to study at the end.
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Susan's curator insight, February 19, 2014 4:18 AM

How good is your ear for picking out the language being spoken?  Give this game a try! #foreignlanguages

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Storytelling tools for ESL students #1 Storybird

Storytelling tools for ESL students #1 Storybird | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

I believe storytelling is a very powerful teaching resource for young learners. They feel comfortable with it, and when they read or listen to a story they stop caring about “understanding every single word" of it.

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 20, 2014 4:09 PM

Great for students to make their own stories.

Steve Button's curator insight, February 25, 1:53 PM

I haven't tried this, but it could be interesting. Any comments?

Stephanie Scarce's curator insight, March 28, 1:42 PM

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